A Selection of Past Meetings


The IBO has had many meetings offering interesting content and a chance to catch up. Here are some notes on some recent occasions ...

Annual General Meeting, Christ Church, Spitalfields 22 April 2017

William Drake's celebrated restoration of the Richard Bridge organ at Christ Church, Spitalfields was the focus for the morning's event at the 2017 AGM, where we heard presentations by Gerard Brooks (Organ Curator), Nicholas Thistlethwaite (joint consultant with William McVicker) and Geert Noppers (William Drake Ltd).

A new President - Andrew Moyes (Managing Director of Nicholson & Co.) - was elected during the course of the Annual General Meeting plus three new Board members - Gordon Blackledge,(David Wells Organ Builders), Richard Bower (Bower & Co.) and Jake Holmes (Harrison & Harrison Ltd) following the retirement of Chris Batchelor, Stephen Bayley and Michael Latham. Members were also updated on progress with the national apprenticeship scheme, which is looking very promising after years of hard work by Training Officer Geoff McMahon and the Training Committee.

Following the AGM, one of London's highly trained Blue Badge Guides took members on a tour of this historic area of East London where we learnt about the history of the Huguenot silk weavers in particular, plus the Georgian architecture and the famous Spitalfields Market.

Bedford & Titchmarsh Meeting 11 March 2017

The first meeting of 2017 was split over two venues, both looking at recent work by Harrison & Harrison Ltd. Once again the weather was kind to us with cool spring sunshine starting the day at St Andrew's Church Bedford, home to a new two manual organ. IBO President and Harrison & Harrison Managing Director Chris Batchelor opened the proceedings with Head Voicer Andy Scott then ably demonstrating the organ. A fine buffet lunch followed, with several members enjoying theirs in the courtyard garden.
A forty-five minute drive north took members into Northamptonshire, to Titchmarsh, where the imposing tower of St  Mary the Virgin can be seen on the approach to this pretty village. Harry Bramma, having that morning received the Lancelot Andrews award for long service as  Organ Adviser for Southwark Diocese, opened the afternoon's meeting with William McVicker then giving a presentation on T. C. Lewis followed by a demonstration by Harry Bramma and Andy Scott. Tea and cake rounded off a very successful day in East Anglia.

Tewkesbury Meeting 7-9 October 2016


The weekend begun at St John the Baptist, Fladbury where Nicholson Assistant Managing Director, Andrew Caskie, demonstrated the restored Nicholson organ there. Afterwards the group moved over to the Chequers pub for supper prior to the return coach trip to our hotel, the Tewkesbury Park. Saturday morning focussed on a talk by Nicholas Plumley on the three organs at Tewkesbury Abbey, which were all ably demonstrated by Abbey Organist Carleton Etherington. Following a coach transfer to Dean Close School, Cheltenham, the group enjoyed lunch before moving into the Chapel for a talk about the new Nicholson organ  by Andrew Moyes, Managing Director; Simon Bell, School Director of Music, then played the organ for us. Our after-dinner speaker was Roy Massey who talked about his interactions with various organ builders over his career. On Sunday morning there were to two presentations, one by John Mander and Andrew Moyes about the systems they use when costing projects and then a practical demonstration by Robert Woodland (aka Bob the Gilder!) on gilding pipe and other decorative techniques. Once again the weather held fair for us!